General overview of statistical concepts:
- Video Teaching Tips from the Journal of General Internal Medicine
Perhaps the finest series of short articles on the use of statistics
is the occasional series of Statistics Notes started in 1994 by the
British Medical Journal.
Many clinicians report that they cannot read the medical literature
critically. To address this difficulty, Grimes and Schulz provide a
primer of clinical research for clinicians and researchers alike.
the Evidence-Based Medicine Teaching Tips Working Group. What
distinguishes this series is that it targets not only clinician learners
but also the teachers of EBM principles. These teachers regularly
communicate the principles of critical appraisal to clinician learners
in a variety of settings, including ward rounds, at the bedside,
during journal club exercises and in formal lectures and seminars. There
are 2 versions of the articles: one for learners and one for teachers,
which includes supplemental materials.
difficult challenge in teaching EBM to clinical students is teaching
the methodological and statistical concepts needed to be able to read
and understand research studies. This is especially true in clinical
programs where the students are training to be clinicians, not
researchers. Here is the link to the PowerPoint presentation developed
by the biostatistician who co-teaches EBM with me for our physician
assistant students. (Submitted by Mike Kronenfeld)
Statistical Concepts - http://www.atsu.edu/ebm/step3/stats_basic.htm
presentation was developed by Dr. Curtis Bay for the Fall, 2006 EBM
class for the Physician Assistant Program at the A.T. Still Univ. of the
Health Sciences – Mesa Campus.
Simon is a Research Biostatistician at Children's Mercy Hospital in
Kansas City. His website has lots of information about EBM and
statistics and he's easy to understand. Scroll down a bit and check out
the pdf of "An introduction to diagnostic testing". Further down, under
"All Topics", check out diagnostic testing. We really liked his
explanation of number needed to treat, in the "Ask Professor Mean"
- Evidence-Based Practice Teaching Tips
- from the Centre for Health Evidence, University of Alberta [Click on
“Balancing Benefits and Risk”, “Number Needed to Treat”, and/or “Risk
and Risk Reduction” on the left side of the screen under “Therapy
- Show me the evidence: Using Number Needed to treat. Southern Medical Journal. 100(9):881-4, September 2007.
- Diagnostic Test Calculator
Developed by Dr. Alan Schwartz Assistant Professor of Clinical
Decision Making in the Department of Medical Education at the
University of Illinois at Chicago